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Dues Schedule

Each candidate or accredited institution shall pay annual dues based on enrollment (*Full-Time Equivalent-FTE or **Average on Board-AOB) according to the following schedule.

*FTE / **AOB Annual Dues 2023
***From 10 to 137 $3,650
138 – 276 $3,990
277 – 415 $4,300
416 – 553 $4,630
554 – 692 $5,130
693 – 1,039 $5,640
1,040 – 1,386 $6,160
1,387 – 2,079 $6,920
2,080 – 2,773 $7,550
2,774 – 4,160 $8,460
4,161 – 6,934 $9,610
6,935 – 13,869 $10,890
More Than 13,869 $12,160

* – One FTE is equal to 900 student contact clock hours, 45 quarter credit hours, or 30 semester credit hours.

**-In some cases, Federal institutions may use an ‘Average on Board’ (AOB) measure in place of FTEs for computing annual dues.

*** – Institutions with less than 10 FTE are not eligible for candidate status with the Council on Occupational Education (see Eligibility Requirements).

Non-Main Campus Dues

In addition to the annual dues based on total enrollment (FTE) for all campuses, all candidate and accredited institutions shall pay annual dues for each non-main campus site as follows:

Non-Main Campus Sites Annual Dues 2023
Branch Campus $1,750
Branch Campus (Federal) $750
Instructional Service Center $1,250
Extension Campus $1,000

(Exemption: For institutions in candidate or accredited status with the Commission on June 30, 1985, branch campuses in operation on that date are exempt from payment of non-main campus dues.)

Annual Payment

Annual dues invoices are distributed to all institutions via email in the spring of each year and are due no later than July 1st. Annual dues are based on FTE reported in the most recent COE Annual Report.

Refund Policy

No refund of annual dues is made to a candidate or accredited institution.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE)

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) is a unit of measurement used by the Commission to define the amount of scheduled instruction that equates to one full-time student during one academic year. The Commission defines an FTE as 900 contact (clock) hours, 45 quarter credit hours, or 30 semester credit hours of scheduled instruction. The clock or credit hours used to calculate an institution’s FTE must reflect coursework in which a student has enrolled and matriculated. The FTE does not include hours or credits transferred from other institutions or awarded as CLEP courses. (See the Policies and Rules of the Commission for a discussion of the rationale for this definition.)

Cost of Institutional Evaluations

Institutions must reimburse the Council for all costs of institutional team visits (i.e., team visits for candidacy, initial accreditation, reaffirmation of accreditation, focused review, and substantive changes). Reimbursable items include the cost of transportation, lodging, and meals for visiting team members and staff members and/or Commission representatives. Specific procedures regarding deposits, reimbursement, and travel regulations are presented in the Policies and Rules of the Commission.


Fees shall be assessed according to the schedule below. All fees shall be non-refundable. Other fees apply to substantive changes.

FEES Amount
Application for Candidate for Accreditation $3,000
Warning Status $500
Probation Status $750
Show Cause Status $1,000
Focused Review Visit $750
Notice of Intent to Appeal $5,000
Initial Accreditation $1,000
Renewal of Accreditation $1,000
Substantive Change Team Visit Deposit $3,000
Non-Public Institution Candidate Team Visit Deposit $3,000
Non-Public Institution Accreditation Team Visit Deposit $5,000
Third-Party Reviews (see Policies and Rules for audit reviews) $1,500
Deposit for ANNOUNCED Focused Review Site Visit $3,000


Failure to pay dues, fees, penalties, or any other charges by the due date 10% of Original Invoice Amount
Failure to pay dues, fees, penalties, or any other charges within 30 days after the due date Additional 20% of Original Invoice Amount
Failure to provide annual report or other report by due date $2,000
Failure to attend a workshop required by policy or action of the Commission within the specified time period $2,000
Failure to disclose a substantive change to the Commission $1,500
Failure to host a substantive change site visit within 180 days $1,500
Failure to provide a complete Application, Report, or Response                                             $250


The Council requires deposits for certain substantive changes, accreditation team visits, and appeal board hearings. Unused funds on deposit for those activities will be applied toward any outstanding debt an institution owes the Council.